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DOC NYC 2014: 'The Great Invisible' + 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper'
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime. [20.Nov.14]
'The Fighting Fist of Shanghai Joe' Is One of the More Action-Packed and Violent Spaghetti Westerns
The stylized violence of kung fu and the lawless conflicts of the spaghetti western genre coalesce in this action-packed 1973 hybrid. [20.Nov.14]
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition' Is a Movie Outstripped by Its Extras
The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans. [20.Nov.14]
TCM Classic Film Festival 2014
Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar. [20.Nov.14]
'Jennifer' Isn't Exactly a Holy Terror
Sure, Jennifer is chock full of dimensionless characters, banal dialogue, and gratuitous nudity, but it's never boring. [20.Nov.14]
Reviews
The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans. [19.Nov.14]
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime. [20.Nov.14]
Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar. [20.Nov.14]
Wałęsa: Man of Hope is a reminder that out of the Soviet shadow emerged a heroic and powerful story of the individual capable of being a force of change to reshape the future. [18.Nov.14]
Citizenfour is exquisitely filmed and carefully reported, but its greatest effects have to do with what you don't see, such as the plans and ambitions that underlie surveillance. [19.Nov.14]
Workers at a Manhattan deli fight for their most basic rights, and a woman who believed herself to be Jewish discovers a shocking truth about her paternity. [18.Nov.14]
DVD Reviews
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure. [06.Nov.14]
The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression. [04.Nov.14]
Mixed Media
News
Features
Many films this year have dealt with how the internet and social media has changed the romantic landscape, and Kate Lyn Sheil, star of The Heart Machine, has more than a few thoughts of her own on the subject. [18.Nov.14]
Starring in a film directed by Jean-Luc Godard is an intimidating prospect (especially when it's in 3D), but not only did Héloise Godet rise to the challenge, she's starting to get rave reviews of her own. [17.Nov.14]
Columns
Short Ends & Leader
By Tara Gupta and Carol Vernallis
If The Great Gatsby is a peep through a keyhole at the dirty underbelly of extreme wealth from a bygone era, Small Apartments kicks the door down and lays bare a grotesque characterization of today’s urban lower middle class. [17.Nov.14]
Channel Surfing
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [13.Nov.14]
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